Sovereign Grace Kids

St. Patrick's Day Children's Music Liturgy on Mission

UncategorizedJared Kennedy1 Comment


This month we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to tell the story of Patrick, the child-slave-turned-Irish-missionary who provides an excellent example to the kids of several principles: God is with them in difficult circumstances, He will answer prayer, He saves people through Jesus, He helps us love our enemies, and He calls us to share the gospel with others. After last month's St. Valentine's Day lesson, and this month's St. Patrick's Day lesson, rest assured we're not promoting the celebration of saints' feast days; Patrick was just too good of an illustration to pass by. Who knows? Now when their classmates and friends are wearing green and pinching each other, your kids might just tell them about the real Patrick who preached the gospel to the people who enslaved him!  If you want to read more on Patrick, the History Channel has a very brief introduction on the more critical reading of his history. Here's an account of his life in his own words.  Here is the liturgy for this month:

Does anybody know what fun day is coming up this month? I'll give you a hint-- you get pinched if you don't wear green on this day. (Allow children to answer.) It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Do you know who Patrick was?  Patrick was a real REAL (emphasize real -- "this was a real story that happened a very long time ago") little boy who has an amazing story! Patrick grew up about 1500 years ago in Britain. His parents were Christians,  and he grew up learning about Jesus. But one day people invaded his town and kidnapped Patrick! They took him away to their own country, Ireland, and made him a slave! He was a shepherd for six years, until God led him to a boat that took him back home.

But the story doesn’t end there. When Patrick grew up, he had a dream that the people who kidnapped him were begging for his help. He could have been angry at them for what they did, but instead Patrick became a missionary, and moved to Ireland to tell the people there about Jesus!

Just like God was with Patrick even when he was scared, God is always with us and watching over us no matter what’s going on. Let’s STAND UP and sing “You Are Always With Me!” 1. “You Are Always With Me,” words and music by Mark Altrogge, © 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God

Every day that Patrick was in Ireland working as a shepherd for the people who kidnapped him, he prayed to God. Patrick didn’t forget about God when he had a big problem. But even more importantly, God didn’t forget about Patrick! When you have a big problem, or when you feel sad, remember that God answers our prayers when we ask Him for help. He cares about our problems and He loves to help us!

We’re going to sing a new song today. It comes from Psalm 55:22. (Take some time to go through the words and motions with the kids. There aren’t too many words to it.) Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you He will sustain you He will never never never let the righteous fall Let the righteous fall, no-o 2. “Cast Your Cares (Psalm 55:22),” words from New International Version ©  1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Music by Seeds Family Worship. From The Power of Encouragement. God saved Patrick. God rescued him by getting him on the boat that took him back to his family. But God also saved Patrick in a bigger way: He sent Jesus to die on the cross, so that Patrick’s sins could be forgiven! When Patrick placed his faith in Jesus, He was rescued from the punishment of sin. He was saved from eternal death in hell. Jesus died to take away our sins. Let’s sing to Jesus and thank Him for loving us like that. 3. “Jesus Came To Earth,” by Solomon Campbell, Dave Campbell, and Bob Kauflin © 2004 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP) and Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” When we hear the word “enemy,” we might think of some supervillain or bad guy in a cartoon or movie. But Jesus is saying we should love everyone, even when they are being unfair, or mean, or not doing what we want them to do. We naturally love our good friends, but we need God's help to love our enemies. Patrick loved the people who kidnapped him! Jesus loved His enemies by dying on the cross for them. Let’s sing together and ask God to help us love everyone like He loves us.

4. “You Show Me Kindness,” by Peter Gagnon and Bob Kauflin © 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From To Be Like Jesus.

We are going to pray. What is prayer? (Allow kids to respond.) Prayer is talking to God.  Let’s be still and talk to God. Let's pray. “God, thank You so much for taking good care of us. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for us. Help us to remember You every day, to love everyone and to tell them about Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.” Patrick told people that Jesus died on the cross. Now let’s go and tell our family and friends about what God has done for us in Jesus! Let’s tell them that they can be forgiven because Jesus died to take away sins!

5. “Go (Matthew 28:19),” words from New International Version ©  1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Music by Seeds Family Worship. From The Power of Encouragement.

Kids Music Liturgy for January 2010

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Hey Sojourn Parents, As most of you probably know, twice a month your children get together with kids from other classes and take part in a mini-service modeled after the Big Church, with songs and liturgy and prayer and all. The idea is to introduce the kids to a typical Sojourn worship service so they're ready when they leave the Sojourn Kids program, and also to get them thinking about how good and glorious and beautiful and true God and His gospel are.

This month, the liturgy is centered on God's grace towards us in Jesus. We're singing five songs:  "For By Grace" (A setting of Ephesians 2:8-9 in NASB by Mark Altrogge), "Amazing Grace" (the traditional hymn), "You Show Me Kindness" (from Sovereign Grace's To Be Like Jesus cd), "Mighty Mighty Savior" (also from Sovereign Grace, Awesome God - Both of these cds are excellent resources if you don't have them), and "God's Love Goes On Forever" by our own Chandi Plummer.

I hope you're able to connect with your kids as a family around these songs and truths. We want you to know what the kids are doing so they can keep hearing about Jesus and God's grace in between Sojourn Kids services. I'm sure you'll be encouraged and moved too as you consider what God has done for us and talk about it with your kids.

Here's the actual liturgy we'll be using with the kids this month:

This morning's lesson is about God's Amazing Grace! What is God's grace? God's grace is kindness and favor that you and I don't deserve. Let's repeat that again together: God's grace is kindness and favor that you and I don't deserve. Our first song is a Bible memory verse. So we are going to memorize a Bible verse by singing it. Some of you may remember it. The "address" is Ephesians 2:8 and 9.

Let's say the verse together. Please repeat after me:

For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not as a result of works that no one should boast Ephesians 2:8 and 9

This verse is saying that we can be saved from God's punishment by faith in Jesus. We cannot earn or work for God's forgiveness-- His forgiveness is a free gift to us when we trust in Him. And because it's a free gift-- we can't brag about it-- because we have done nothing to deserve it. Let's sing this verse together.

I. "Ephesians 2:8-9," words from NASB translation  © 1995 The Lockman Foundation. Music by Mark Altrogge on Hide the Word 1 © Forever Grateful Music.

Let's pretend that you have been very mean to your brother. And your Daddy comes to you and says, "Because you have been mean to your brother, you have to sit in time-out. Plus, you can't go to a Birthday party that has cake and presents for everybody." You would feel sad, but you would deserve the punishment that your Dad has given you. Then, your brother, the one you were mean to, comes and says, "Daddy, I'll sit in time-out and I'll miss the birthday party so that he/she can go." Now, your brother doesn't deserve the punishment, but he is showing you GRACE. Grace is kindness and favor that you don't deserve.

This story is not true. But Jesus is true. How much more amazing is God's grace in Jesus! We have sinned against God and we deserve to be punished. Perfect Jesus who never did any thing wrong took our punishment for all of our sins when He died on the cross. That's amazing grace! Let's sing to God about His amazing grace!

2. "Amazing Grace," words by John Newton, 1779. Music: NEW BRITAIN, in Virginia Harmony, by James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton, 1831.

Let's learn another new song about God's amazing grace, His undeserved kindness. This is a song called "You show me kindness."

3. "You Show Me Kindness," words and music by Peter Gagnon and Bob Kauflin ©2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From To Be Like Jesus.

Jesus is a mighty, mighty Savior! He can save us from the punishment of our sins. Let's sing to our mighty Savior!

4. "Mighty Mighty Savior," words and music by Mark Altrogge. © Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God. We are going to pray. Fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let's pray to God.

Jesus, your grace is amazing! You have not treated us as we deserve. You have not punished us like we should be punished. You took our consequences and punishment on the cross. Thank you! We want to believe in you and turn to you to forgive us for our sins. We want to love you more each day. Help us to forgive each other like you forgive us. Amen.

5. "God's love goes on forever," words and music by Chandi Plummer, © 2009 Chandi Plummer/Sojourn Music.

5 Great Children's Music Resources

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Awesome God: Worship Songs for Children, Sovereign Grace Music (BMI), 2004. This is a very gospel-centered children's worship album by Bob Kauflin, Mark Altrogge, and the other leaders of Sovereign Grace Music.  "Almighty Creator," "Jesus Came To Earth," and "Mighty, Mighty Savior" are all SojournKids' music favorites.  Samples, lead sheets, transparency lyric sheets, and chord sheets are all available for free at the Sovereign Grace site.  Piano scores, MP3 downloads, and even accompaniment tracks are available for a small fee.  The album is also  available on iTunes.  I highly recommend it.

Songs that Jesus Said: Scripture Into Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Getty Music, 2005. Many of you are familiar with the music of Keith and Kristyn Getty.  They are the modern hymn writers who, along with their writing partner Stuart Townsend, have brought us modern hymns like "In Christ Alone."  What you may not know is that the Gettys have their own children's music album.  The Gettys plan a series of albums which will incorporate key bible passages and stories into new songs that give children the big picture of the Bible.  Some favorites with SojournKids are "Stop and Think" and "Once Upon a Boat.  Some of the songs sound a little like show tunes, but they are all very well done.  If you are interested in learning more, check out the album, sheet music, and lead sheets.

Seeds Family Worship This is not a single album, but a series of scripture memory albums for use in family worship.  Their mission is to “plant the seeds of God’s Word in the hearts of families.”  When you order one packet of seeds (a CD), Seeds will send you a second copy to give away to a friend.  The scripture memory songs are based on the New International Version.  A favorite with the Kennedy family is the Seeds of Faith album.  Doug Wolter recommends their Power of Encouragement CD, and he has referenced a "doable devotion" that accompanies the song, "Heavenly Lights."  On the Seeds website, you'll find free chord sheets and scripture memory cards as well as links to other Seeds Family Worship resources.  You can find Seeds Family Worship on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Teach Me While My Heart Is Tender by Judy Rogers, Judy Rogers, 1995. Here you will find over 30 of Judy Rogers' songs for children in one album.  Songs 1-16 rehearse truths taught in the Catechism for Boys and Girls.  "God Made Me" is a SojournKids' preschool favorite.  The remaining songs on the album rehearse biblical truths for children from the Proverbs and about spiritual warfare.  You will find audio files on Judy Rogers' website.  You can also find complete lyrics here.  Sheet music for most of the songs is also available for purchase at Rogers' site.

Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music) Mark Altrogge's  eight scripture memory albums are a great value, because they contain about twenty songs apiece.  Hide the Word combines the power of music with the power of repetition to aid the listener in memorizing God's Word.   Each Scripture, including its reference, is made into a song.   Then, each Scripture is repeated at least 3 times per song.  The early albums in the series are based on the New International Version.  Later albums are based on the English Standard Version.  I've put together a Scripture Index for volumes 1-7.  Recently, Sojourn's kids have been memorizing Romans 5:8 from volume 2.

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